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March 9Quasi-Endowment Grants due: midnight
March 13-Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Colleen Arendt: [LTC, noon]

March 21-Convocation, Brad Hewitt, “Your New Money Mindset: Creating A Healthy Relationship With Money” [Buetow, 10:30-11:25]
April 25-Academic Honors Convocation
weekly/ongoing-Monday Morning Mentor

Quasi-Endowment Grant Applications: Applications for the spring semester Faculty Development Quasi-Endowment grant program are due on Friday, March 9 by midnight. Applications must be submitted to David Woodard (woodard@csp,.edu) and to the Office of Academic Affairs (cc: Kathy Haeg haeg@csp.edu) by the deadline. Any supporting documentation should be submitted electronically with your application, or in hardcopy, if necessary, to the office of the VPAA. For additional details see the Faculty Scholarship Center webpage: http://concordia.csp.edu/facultyscholarshipcenter/

Faculty Spotlight,
Dr. Colleen Arendt will chat about her research on the Minnesota Roller Derby at our March F-Spot: Tuesday, March 13 @ noon [LTC]
Dr. Arendt joined the Department of Communication Studies this past fall (2017). She earned a PhD from Purdue University in communication, specifically organizational communication, with areas of emphases in Public Relations, Social Media, and Crisis Communication. Her dissertation focused on the handling of the 35W bridge collapse. Dr. Arendt’s other research areas include gender in organizations and highly gendered careers, such as the nursing, engineering, and the military. Her book on the women’s roller derby will be published this spring (very soon). Dr. Arendt is originally from NE Minneapolis, and she is thrilled to be back home to raise her daughters here. While away from the Twin Cities, she really missed Twins games, Children’s Theater, and Punch Pizza.

Convocation, Brad Hewitt will discuss his book, Your New Money Mindset: Creating A Healthy Relationship With Money at our March Convocation: Wednesday, March 21 @ 10:30-11:25 [Buetow] Brad Hewitt is a former member of the CSP Board of Regents and current CEO at Thrivent Financial, the country’s largest fraternal benefit society. A Fortune 500 organization, Thrivent is leading a nationwide movement of Christians and their communities to be wise with money and live generously. It is one of the 10 largest mutual companies in the U.S., serves more than 2.3 million members nationwide and manages more than $100 billion in assets.

Hewitt began his career in 1982 with Securian in the Actuarial Services department. He joined UnitedHealth Group (UHG) in 1986 as director of underwriting. From 1993 to 1998, he served as chief financial officer and later as CEO of Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (DPS), a division of UHG. Following the sale of DPS to SmithKline Beecham, he felt called to serve in a role with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. From 1998 to 2003, he served as chief administrative officer of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in St. Louis, Missouri.

A native of Minneapolis, Hewitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development in 1995. Hewitt currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity International, the board of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation, and the board of managers of the Ron Blue Institute. He also volunteers as chair of Itasca, an employer-led cross sector group that works to improve the quality of life for all in our region. He is a member of The WHEREhouse Church, a new church plant in urban St. Paul, Minnesota. Hewitt and his wife, Sue, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and have two adult children.


Monday Morning Mentor:
The Monday Morning Mentor program was so successful last year that we renewed our subscription for the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, we plan to have some fun with more faculty interaction this year. We are planning a few small monthly prizes for listeners. Details will posted soon!


digital signage (2nd floor Meyer Hall)
: One of the digital screens across from Dr. Reineck’s office (Meyer 214) will now be used for Faculty news. That’s right, we have our own digital screen! Kathy Haeg and I (Dr. Woodard) have been trained-in on posting information. Start looking for news and other fun posts soon.

♦ NEW … Innovative Teaching & Learning ideas: We know that the Concordia faculty are undertaking new classroom and teaching initiatives each and every semester. This year we want to start collecting, recording, and celebrating this faculty creativity. There will even be prizes and awards at the spring 2018 Faculty Retreat! This will be easy and fun! We just want to know what new and exciting things are taking place in our classrooms. These “Innovative” ideas can be anything from individual lessons to entirely revamped courses. And your Innovative ideas don’t even have to be a success this first time! There will be no required assessment, application forms, paperwork, or questions from anyone. We just want to know what you are doing. More details will follow on the drop-down menu link above. This new program will be coordinated by Dr. Kris Bransford, Dr. David Woodard, and the Faculty Development Committee.